Brief Introduction about Ritvik
Ritvik is a second-year student at IIM Kozhikode pursuing Masters in Business Administration. He is a sports enthusiast with a profound passion for basketball. In his leisure time, he likes to watch movies and read Agatha Christie and Jeffery Archer.
The Journey to Wipro
“Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses!” – Kobe Bryant Summer internship undoubtedly holds paramount importance in a b-school journey. It is one of those experiences that inculcates a sense of nervousness and excitement at the same time. It not only equips one with the industry experience but it also impacts the career decisions. I’ve always wanted to work in sales and marketing. During my summer placements, I landed an internship with Wipro which not only ticked all my requirements of a sales role but also provided me experience in marketing, IT, and strategy.
My journey with Wipro has been phenomenal. The internship process kicked-off with CV based shortlists, followed by a group discussion, and finally concluded with an interview with the HR leader and the manager from the technology business. One part of the interview process that intrigued me the most was the recruiter’s seriousness regarding a candidate’s clarity on the job profile. The interview revolved around implementing technology to improve business efficiency. As we know, Wipro is a leader in CSR activities, my experience in volunteering for various social causes helped me with the interview. Finally, I landed the internship as a Pre-Sales Consultant and was looking forward to the summer experience in Bangalore.
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Everything was going great and I was excited about my summer internship but then the Covid-19 outbreak happened. Internships and final job offer from various companies were revoked. There was a sense of discomfort and uneasiness but I believed in the values and principles that lay the foundation of Wipro. HRs soon contacted us and assured that internships are here to stay but they’ll be virtual this year. We were the first batch to undergo a virtual internship and it was even a new thing for the company. There were commitments from both sides to sail this boat as smoothly as possible. Wipro was quick to set up all the infrastructure for a virtual workspace and within a week we were up and running.
My project was a mix of strategy and marketing. I was working on a go-to- market strategy for banking and capital markets in four European countries. The internship provided me insights into the banking and capital market sector in Europe and the sales cycle of IT services. The best part of the internship was the mentoring which I received from my manager and buddy. An intern’s experience is greatly influenced by his manager and team. I was fortunate enough to have someone who guided me throughout the project and helped me make the project an actionable asset that could be used throughout the organization.
The best part about working at Wipro is the positive work environment and culture on which the company is built. The senior management is always reachable and we even had a lot of interactive sessions throughout the 7 weeks of my internship.
Recommendations to MBA Aspirants
- Dream foolishly big and be the hardest working person in the room. Indeed, most of us are not good at everything but working on your weaknesses gives you an edge. Develop self-discipline and you can conquer anything you want.
- Always strategize your moves. It’s the same in CAT and the same in life as well. Always have a well-laid plan and believe me you’ll have solutions to more than half of your problems
- Network a lot and please do meaningful networking only. A lot of opportunities are available if you have good contacts and peers. Also, if you have a good mentor, you have a guardian angel!